Wisdom to the Outsiders – Pt 1

“Walk in wisdom towards outsiders, making the best use of the time.” Colossians 4:5

How we treat those on the “outside” says so much about us. Whether you are into comic books, or hunting, or exspensive coffee; there are always the insiders and the outsiders. And we are always tempted to look down our nose at those who don’t “know what we know” or “like what we like”.

Paul says here that there is a very specific way that we as Christians are to treat non-Christians.

How? With wisdom

What is wisdom? We’ll simply put, it is knowledge LIVED. 

It is when we turn the theoretical into the experiential. Something real!

So this is our simple charge; to live what we believe towards everyone we meet.

Honoring the outsider. Loving the outsider. Serving the outsider. Truly caring about the outsider. 

This is a profound way of living. A way of living that is only possible through Christ in us the hope of Glory.

Are you walking in wisdom towards this outsiders?

Let’s ask the Holy Spirit for help! For as we’re reminded at the end of this verse, our time here is precious.

He Is Better Than You

The only person better than you is Jesus.

But He was never content with just being better than you. He made it His mission to bring you into His perfection and make you a part of it. He’s the good older brother who includes the younger brother in the game. All He wants is fellowship with you. And He is willing to pull you up to his level of moral superiority rather than laugh at you down below.

He is above us all, yet came down to us all. What an amazing Savior!

Aren’t you glad He is better than you?

I Will Always Need Jesus

Hi, my name is Jack, and I will alway need Jesus.

I remember going to Alcoholic’s Anonymous with my Mimaw when I was a kid. Before the meeting I would play outside on a tire swing. Then I would go into the smoke filled room and watch the old men drink coffee out of stryofoam cups while they played cards.

“Hi, my name is Suzanne, and I’m an Alcoholic,” she would say. They were a circle of hurting and healing people from all ages and walks of life.

Even at eight years old though, I remember that statement confusing me. She had been sober for many years. She had a key ring full of those chips! She was NOT an alcoholic anymore. Deep down I knew that Jesus didn’t see her that way. And she knew it too.

It took me getting married, having three kids, and stepping out into adult life to get it. And now I understand why my Mimaw called herself an alcoholic. It was a weekly reminder, not of her brokenness, but of her journey to wholeness.

It reminded her that there would never be a day when she didn’t need help. There would never be a day when she didn’t need people. She would ALWAYS need support, and as a result would have the joy of GIVING support to others.

What I didn’t understand then and now understand is that freedom isn’t an event, it’s a process.

Being BORN AGAIN is an event! And I’m glad it is. But being renewed again… and again… is a journey.

There will never be a day that you won’t need Jesus.

Our weary hearts breathe a sigh of relief at this. Because this is the Gospel. The GOOD news.

The good news is that you need Him.

The good news is that you don’t have what it takes.

The good news is that He does!

And the good news is that ANYONE who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Not just saved, as in being born again. But saved like the people on the roofs of flooded houses. Or the soldier stuck in a tight spot with the enemy surrounding. Or the drug addict who has a family member who won’t give up on him.

Life will put you in these places. Your own bad decisions will as well. In the end it makes no difference to Jesus. What matters is that you need saving, and He is the Savior. He is strong enough. He is compassionate enough. And there will never be day that you won’t need Him!

So keep progressing in your journey!  Keep making milestones. Keep seeing more and more freedom and wholeness! But never forget:

My name is __________, and I will always need Jesus!

The Growing Pains of Grace

I love the warm feeling of God’s love! It’s my favorite. But there’s this thing about REAL love. It’s relentless. It’s borderline obnoxious when it comes to doing what’s best for you.

Sin is not what’s best for you. It kills you. Being like Jesus is what’s best for you.

Grace is God’s supernatural power to help us become like Jesus.

This is why you were born, and it has always been your destiny!
Becoming like Him means growing though, and growth is sometimes painful.  Smith (my6yo son) is growing like a weed! The poor little guy cries at night because his legs hurt. But guess what? The next time we go to DisneyWorld he’ll be able to ride twice as many rides! 

The end result of growth is always pure joy. This what God wants for you!

This is why Jesus’ sermon on the mount was so strict. Love your enemies. Insult someone, and you’re a murderer. A lingering look at a woman? Adultery!

Grace requires more than the law ever did, because it GIVES more than the law ever could. 

As John Bevere says, we’ve undersold grace. It’s not just forgiveness. It’s the invitation AND the empowerment to experience Heaven right here, right now. So whenever you feel convicted about something, get excited! This is the mercy of God inviting you into more bliss! The riches that are in Christ Jesus!

So let the process happen. And know that He won’t leave you alone during the growing pains. He is also super excited about going to DisneyWorld with you : )